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Radio host Byron Cooke announces he is running for a seat in the Senate

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Radio host Byron Cooke announces he is running for a seat in the Senate

Former radio presenter Byron Cooke announced he has entered politics and is set to run for a seat in the Senate in Federal Parliament.

He shared the news on his podcast, The Byron Cooke Show, on Monday, telling listeners: ‘I have joined the Sensible Centre party.’

‘I will stand for election in the senate and my goal is to win a federal senate seat from Victoria and to be a voice for the sensible centre,’ he added. 

New career: Former Fox FM radio host Byron Cooke (pictured) announced on Monday he was entering politics and running for a seat in the Senate as part of the Sensible Centre party

New career: Former Fox FM radio host Byron Cooke (pictured) announced on Monday he was entering politics and running for a seat in the Senate as part of the Sensible Centre party

New career: Former Fox FM radio host Byron Cooke (pictured) announced on Monday he was entering politics and running for a seat in the Senate as part of the Sensible Centre party

He appealed to people who ‘don’t strictly identify as a leftie or as a conservative’ and to those who ‘want to see everyone in this country do well’ to consider his new party.

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‘I am confident that this party and many of our policies will make sense to you, and I would be honoured to represent you in Canberra,’ he said.

Elsewhere, Byron said he wanted to a politician who ‘ answer a DM on Instagram’.

‘I want to be contactable. I read. I’ve got common sense. I am all ears. I don’t have one predisposed position politically. I personally, I’m not a lefty, I’m not a conservative,’ he said. 

'I'm not a lefty, I'm not a conservative': Byron has is a centrist who hopes to appeal to voters across the political spectrum who 'want to see everyone in this country do well'. Pictured with Brendan Fevola in October 2019

'I'm not a lefty, I'm not a conservative': Byron has is a centrist who hopes to appeal to voters across the political spectrum who 'want to see everyone in this country do well'. Pictured with Brendan Fevola in October 2019

‘I’m not a lefty, I’m not a conservative’: Byron has is a centrist hopes to appeal to voters across the political spectrum who ‘want to see everyone in this country do well’. Pictured with Brendan Fevola in October

‘I’ve been a swinging voter my whole life… I’ve been all over the map, based on whatever’s going on, whatever I’m passionate about at the time, particular issues. So I am right there. I’m in the middle,’ he said.

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The Fox FM breakfast host added: ‘Politics is really broken now. It’s just a blame game between two very polarised groups, right and left.

‘I’ve always found that the best ideas lie somewhere in the middle, where you learn from people on either side.’

Colleagues: Byron quit Melbourne's Fox FM in November 2020 to focus on his podcast and spend more time with his family. Pictured with Fifi Box (centre) and Brendan Fevola (left)

Colleagues: Byron quit Melbourne's Fox FM in November 2020 to focus on his podcast and spend more time with his family. Pictured with Fifi Box (centre) and Brendan Fevola (left)

Colleagues: Byron quit Melbourne’s Fox FM in November 2020 to focus on his podcast and spend more time with his family. Pictured with Fifi Box (centre) and Brendan Fevola (left)

Byron quit Melbourne’s Fox FM in November 2020 to focus on his podcast and spend more time with his family.

The media personality, had co-hosted Fifi, Fev and Byron since 2017, broke down in tears on air as he announced his resignation. 

He said at the time: ‘As of next year, I won’t be on the show. I’ve made a decision to move on to other challenges. This is actually quite difficult but I’m moving on.’

Byron explained he’d struggled getting up at 4.30am every day for five years, and this schedule meant he hadn’t been able to do ‘much else’.

‘It’s just hard… It’s not because I don’t love being it, but I just can’t do seven things at once. This has not been easy,’ he said.

Since leaving commercial radio, Byron has launched The Byron Cooke Show podcast.

New start: Since leaving commercial radio Byron has launched The Byron Cooke Show podcast

New start: Since leaving commercial radio Byron has launched The Byron Cooke Show podcast

New start: Since leaving commercial radio Byron has launched The Byron Cooke Show podcast

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